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“Neat, clean, suitable.” 3 of 5 stars
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Orange Village Hostel
411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   |  
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Mansfield, Australia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Neat, clean, suitable.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Hotel is a short walk to Powell st shops/cable car/BART. Good selection of eateries around the area.
Rooms are clean, neat and tidy. I had a private room that had cable tv, desk, fridge, microwave. Towel and linen inc in my rate too. Great security and decent facilities. (Kitchen and cheap laundry) Would be nice to see a bigger lounge area to hang out and some cheap dinners or games or something. Hostel appears to offer nothing but a 'wine night' on Fridays. Bathrooms are a plenty on each floor and always clean. Staff were friendly although I did come across one rude guy. I'd consider staying here again if it was a couple of nights. Needs more of that 'hostel feel' that I read so much about on the Internet. Didn't really feel it was worth what I paid.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

To begin with, we made a reservation for 6 people in 4-people-per-dorm rooms. Finally, we were given a 4-people room and the other 2 got upgraded into a 2-people private room. Each room has its ensuite bathroom. My friend and I stayed in the 2-people private room.

We took the BART from SFO Airport to Powell station, and that took us 1/2 hour and USD 8.25. Right off the station, come up to Forever 21/Gap that street, walk it up (the cable car line), turn left, walk further up and Orange Village Hostel's signboard will be in view.

A point to note. Usually, a 10% deposit it made during the reservation. Then, the remaining 90% will be paid upon check-in. We paid USD 96 per person for a 3-nights stay, and that's meant for the 4-people room. It includes accommodation, linen and towel (collected upon check-in for 4-people room and prepared beforehand for 2-people room), free WIFI, continental breakfast (think waffles and cereals), full kitchen facilities, in-room refrigerator and microwave oven, and... luggage storage for collection before 9pm on check-out day. The best extra that comes with all these inclusions for USD 32 a night is the fantastic service of the staff! They are very knowledgeable and ever ready to assist. We asked them to recommend us where to go for a good Asian dinner, and we really enjoyed ourselves at Izakaya Ninja (the kimchi fried rice was awesome). From there, we took a walk to AMC Van Ness for a movie, but that's besides the point. It's a really great value-for-money stay.

Anyway, the WIFI works excellently throughout the property. There were multiplugs in our 2-people room which was fantastic. Do note to bring the USA adaptors though. We really liked the room which had a pair of single beds and desks, together with a 3-drawer cabinet and an open wardrobe with hangers. We also had a TV that we did not use at all - it had to be adjusted and we were just too busy outside of the hostel. There was also a fridge and a microwave which we did not use as well. There was a wash-up area with a mirror and a sink, and yes, this is in the bedroom area. There was no airconditioning, but one could easily open the windows to welcome the cooling SF wind.

Now... the bathroom. It was really a great pity that the 2-people room was very spacious but the bathroom was tiny. Well, basically, it is just a toilet bowl and a shower beside, with not much space to maneuver around... and when in the shower, it is just a standing space. We found a strange smell from the bath area, and concluded that it came from the shower curtains which were probably quite old. There was plenty of space to place our soaps, which was good. The most critical issue in the bathroom was that the shower handle works in an opposite direction!! It caused us a lot of frustration on our first night and the first morning. Well, our flight was cancelled on our first day, and we had to wait many hours before we could finally arrive and check-in at OVH, and the really sickening part was that we could not have a warm bath (the water was icy cold at night). We informed the staff during that very night and he said he would turn the heater on for us and told us to wait a few minutes. Who knows, the water remained icy cold! Then, the following morning, it was still icy cold! We went for breakfast and followed up with another female staff who quickly advised us that some handles worked in the opposite direction, i.e. the COLD part would be HOT, vice versa. Viola! That solved our frustration and from then on, we had decent baths....... Please keep it in mind that some bathrooms on the 5th floors would have this issue.

As for getting around, OVH is just steps from Macy's and Union Square. It takes about a 15-minutes walk to Chinatown from OVH, about 10-minutes walk to Civic Centre, and about 5-minutes walk to Union Square/Geary Street area. There was a Ruby Sparks nightclub which had long queues during the weekend we were there. The walls in the room were not that good for soundproof and we could definitely hear the TV from the next room and traffic sounds from downstairs. I am not a light sleeper so that was not much of an issue for me. We were tired and fell asleep naturally anyway. Back to location access, well, for Mission District (to see murals), one could easily take the MUNI trains for about USD 1.75 per ride. For Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Lombard Street, one can easily take the public bus which costs only USD 2 per person, and the ticket can be kept to take other buses until it expires. For those more keen in commentaries and hearing facts and jokes, they could take those hop-on and hop-off buses (there are at least 5 such operators in SF) which have stops close by OVH, e.g. Hilton Hotel and Union Square.

This hostel is really fantastic, and they were sold out on the weekend we were there... So, do book early. I probably wouldn't return unless I was doing backpacking or on a tight budget, but it's a great bargain hostel/stay for budget-conscious travellers.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The orange village hostel is a nice little hostel a bit north of the taylor/Market st. bus and streetcar stop (and not far away from the powell/market metro station).

One thing to know is that the neighborhood to the west of it is not the nicest but when you go east from it, you are actually in a very good location. You're about 2 blocks away from the world famous cable cars (to the east of the hostel) and in a good location to get busses/metros to about everywhere.

The private rooms are really ok (they even have a microwave, fridge, private bathroom and tv with great programms) and generally clean. Staff is mostly nice, breakfast is nice too, but often overcrowded (especially during weekeds). The airport shuttle is also a nice service, picking you up in front of the hostel and bringing you to your terminal for 13$ per person, at any time of your choosing. Avoids the hassle of public transportation with lots of luggage.

Would go there again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

The rooms were decent size, tiny bathroom, and awfully uncomfortable beds. Great location, a quick walk to Union Square and the BART station. I didn't get much of a hostel vibe from the place and the breakfast was very average. Good cleanliness though and if you are only looking for a place to lay your head it is adequate.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013 via mobile

I was really impressed with this hostel, its cleanliness was great. There wasn't a great deal of choice for breakfast but there was oatmeal cherrios and waffles. Coffee tea orange juice and water. The beds aren't the comfiest, about an inch thick, but the rooms had ample room and the bathroom was clean

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Catonsville, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

I stayed in a basic dorm of 4 beds with an en suite and had a very enjoyable stay. The location of the hostel is good in the fact that it is fairly central, only a few minutes walk to the subway or Union Square. However it is just on the edge of the Tenderloin neighborhood which is not so nice - my advice is to always turn right as you exit the hostel, never left. In any case there is someone on the front desk 24/7 and you have to be buzzed into the building so it was very secure. An added bonus that they offered a free breakfast. The wifi was good and the room and bathroom was always clean. Overall it was a good place to rest when exploring San Francisco.

Room Tip: Spring for a dorm with an ensuite - I don't think it was much extra money if anything.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Location is 5 min walk from union square. It has no events for pub crawls or social things. It felt more like a budget hotel. Not good of you are travelling alone. The breakfast was quite poor too, nothing more than waffles and cereal and the staff could be quite rude at times. I won't be staying here again in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 411 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Location: United States > California > San Francisco
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #19 of 45 Specialty lodging in San Francisco
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